Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ben Stout House is approximately 200 years old, and is the oldest man-made structure within The Parklands. Historical research suggests that the house was most likely built during the early 19th Century by Daniel Omer, and sold to Ben Stout, its namesake, in 1867. It was constructed from nearby limestone rock such as that found around Floyds Fork. Thanks to a grant from a generous donor, The Parklands has worked to restore this historic home, including exterior renovation and improvements to the interior that will preserve this site for future generations to admire and learn about ways of life in Kentucky during the 1800s.
The home will be a gathering spot for hikes and used by The Parklands to interpret the history of human settlement and use of the Floyds Fork valley during select times of the year.
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